Letter urges Biden to resist easing sanctions on Iran and unfreezing assets that would fund terrorists and diminish victims’ chances of obtaining compensation
PENSACOLA, Florida, USA, Jan. 15, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Attorney Chris Paulos, of the law firm Levin Papantonio Rafferty (LPR), announces that nearly 1,000 victims of terrorism the firm represents have jointly sent an open letter to President Biden. All of these victims are US nationals, service members and contractors who were killed or injured by Iranian-sponsored acts of terrorism in Iraq.
The victims hope to deter Biden from caving in to Iran’s sanctions demands and unfreezing his assets as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) renegotiations.
“Sanctions have proven to be the most effective non-military method of reducing Iran’s ability to support terrorism,” Paulos said. “Easing sanctions means more money for terrorists and less for the victims of these despicable acts,” added the lawyer.
Meaningful sanctions relief is an item on the negotiating table as the Biden administration negotiates in Vienna to limit Iran’s development and acquisition of nuclear weapons. Of particular concern is the possibility of lifting anti-terrorism sanctions imposed on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which along with Hezbollah and other proxies have carried out terrorist attacks that have killed and injured US service members.
The letter reminds the president of the approximately $60 billion in unpaid terrorism judgments and associated judgment privileges against Iran that US courts have awarded individuals for the “flagrant conduct” of terrorists.
With billions of dollars of Iranian funds frozen in banks in Japan, South Korea and other regions, it is highly likely that the Iranian regime will demand the release of these funds as a carrot to stop the march towards development or the acquisition of nuclear weapons.
The letter urges President Biden to refuse to lift or suspend sanctions that would release frozen funds until American victims have been compensated for their suffering.
The signatories also invite the president to meet with certain Gold Star families “directly affected by this problem”.
A PDF of the letter sent to President Biden is attached for your consideration.
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